Just a quick update for collectors fretting about a few recent Hot Wheels models that seem to be hard to find:
Hot Wheels 2015 Walmart Zamac Exclusive #1-3:
We got a lot of questions about where these have gone. The Lamborghini Veneno, '10 Ford Shelby GT500, and '68 El Camino never showed at Walmart stores with Batch E. The questions really started streaming in when Batch G was recently released, and Zamacs #4-6 were included.
Well don't fear, you will have your chance to get these three, it just may not be for a few months. Some of you are aware of the recent labor issues at the Los Angeles Port. Among much bigger issues, Mattel's toy distribution was greatly affected, and many shipments sat, unable to be shipped to their destinations. That included the large Batch E bins, which included the Zamacs. You may remember that most E batches came in small bins or individual pegged cases.
And while they sat, newer batches, including F and G, made their way to shore. And since Walmart wants their product current, they bypassed the large bins and took F and G. So E sat, and sat, and sat.
So the Batch E Zamacs have been produced, and will make it stores, but probably not until the stores need extra large orders. That means the holidays. Of course it could be earlier, but later this year seems more likely. Ultimately, they will come, no one knows exactly when.
2015 Hot Wheels Fast & Furious:
At least these exist. But from what we have heard, and seen locally, not every store has gotten a bin. And considering the popularity of Furious 7, it isn't just kids and Hot Wheels collectors that want these models. That means the stores that have gotten bins have sold out quickly. And of course when demand increases, so do prices on eBay, and that gives sellers the ideas of buying stores out.
And that has been happening. But if you haven't had luck finding them, don't fret. Once again, because of the labor strike at the port, only half of the order has shipped to stores. The other half is due to hit within the next 2-3 weeks, meaning many of the stores that haven't had them will get them. Hopefully that means those that want them will find them, and the desire of others to buy all of them for future profit will wane.
We will see...